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What role does IT play in supply chain management?

Currently, some programs in some universities combine Information Technology and Supply Chain Management.

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  • Liam Doyle · Waterford Institute of Technology
    Supply chains exist in order to provide the end customer with the goods they require. IN order to achieve this appropriate information must be made available in a timely manner. The information must be made available to those who need to plan and execute the operations of the supply chain. Therefore an information flow facility is required.In order to make information available we need to use information technology. We need communications technology to distribute information, storage technology to maintain databases, and processing technology to process the data into meaningful information. The efficiency and effectiveness of supply chains can be greatly enhanced through the use of information, based upon the use of information technologies. IT therefore plays a crucial role in supply chains.
  • Valter Mello · UBC - Universidade BRAZ CUBAS
    I agree with Liam. Nowadays is impossible to think any process related with Supply Chain without TI.
  • Setyawan Widyarto · UNISEL | Universiti Selangor
    Can we ask SCM students learn IT or IT students learn SCM? What about the body of knowledge then?
  • Liam Doyle · Waterford Institute of Technology
    I think that it is important for supply chain students to understand the use of information within their supply chains. Any supply chain professional must have information available to enable them to effectively and efficiently carry out their role. Supply chain performance is enhanced through the availability of information such as demand information, capacity information, supply availability information etc. Students should therefore underrstand the role of information and the role of information systems within the supply chain. I would stress the need to understand the information system, rather than an undrstandiing of the underlying technology, although a certain understanding of the technology is useful.

    For IT students, I would suggest that they need an understanding of the organisational context in which the technology is to be deployed. An understanding of the context is required if an appropriate technology solution is to be developed for a problem domain. IT students should have an understanding of the major business processes, the role of information in business processes, the role of information systems both within the organisation and as interorganisational systems, such as those that support the supply chain.
  • Walther Ploos van Amstel · VU University Amsterdam
    My Twente colleague is doing some very good work. Check out http://www.utwente.nl/mb/iebis/staff/hillegersberg/
  • Tarak Housein · University of Benghazi
    One of the important application is RFID technology, wich is give good example for that.
  • Walther Ploos van Amstel · VU University Amsterdam
    And check out my review of ERP-software in supply chain management
  • Sujit Singh · University of Malaya
    At present time, competitive advantages of organizations heavily depends onto information sharing and flow of information across the supply chain. Therefore, IT play a very crucial role. Beside information flow, IT can be used for various decision making processes.
  • Liam Doyle · Waterford Institute of Technology
    The sharing of information across the supply chain requires agreement between the supply chain participants. Information flow, information visibility, and information velocity are important concepts to enable an information driven supply chain. However this is not simply a technical issue. It involves decisions at the strategic level as decisions regarding the sharing of information are linked to how we wish to interact with our supply chain partners at all levels from operational through to strategic. The nature of the supply chain needs to be considered when deciding the appropriate manner in which information should be shared. Highly collaborative partnerships with key suppliers will have a different requirement for information sharing than transactional relationships with other members of the supply chain.
  • Åsa Fasth, Fast-Berglund · Chalmers University of Technology
    IT is necessary to solve the logistics in the supply chain, the question, I think, is how this technology is designed in terms of gadgets, type of information, ERP systems, RFID etc. You have to combine management with engineering skills in order to get a good solution!
  • Xianshun Chen · Nanyang Technological University
    One aspect i can see for IT's role in supply chain management is to develop and implement advanced planning system (APS) that works with ERP and other layers to make more effective and efficient decisions at strategic, tactical and operation level so as to make the supply chain more agile, flexible and robust.
  • Sarah Schiffling · Heriot-Watt University
    IT is in many cases an enabler for supply chain management as we know it. Without it, it would be impossible to manage the complexity of many modern supply chain structures. The use of appropriate IT can improve performance, both in monetary terms, but also in other aspects, such as the greening of supply chains.
  • Fairuz Yunus · UNISEL | Universiti Selangor
    Supply chain activities involves a chain of values somewhere along the its operation. So, the IT can be use as a tool to create efficiency and effectiveness in the value chain activities. It can be anyway, whether in the upstream or downstream part of the supply chain activities. In terms of efficiency, IT can help to save cost - transactional cost and agency cost, communication cost for examples. Effectiveness in terms of it is speedy, customization, market niche, handling of customer demand - avoiding bull whip effect, and etc. In another word, IT assist in solving those problem right?
  • Parminder Kang · De Montfort University
    Competitive advantage massively relies on the information sharing and use of that information in an efficient and effective manner during the analysis process from the daily operational issues to the future planning. IT adds value by brings the efficiency and effectiveness to the supply chain activities. For instance, Data capturing, information sharing, analysis, optimization, autonomous control, etc. all used IT based platform in order to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, robustness, etc. in supply chain.

    While, Combining the Supply Chain Management (SCM) and available IT tools/techniques; understanding of both is equally important. However, Its' essential to understand SCM problems and the business process itself (variables, process mapping, performance measures, etc) prior selection of available IT tools/techniques in order to use the available information in an effective manner in order to develop the effective solution or use the more relevant IT tool/techniques.
  • Ilias Vlachos · Northumbria University
    There are many ways IT influences SCM i.e. transaction costs, performance measurement, etc. One important application is RFID technology.
  • Fang YU · Kobe University
    I think IT makes it more convenience to find the solutions of the problems involved in supply chain management.
  • Muhammad Riaz · Beaconhouse National University
    The key enabler of supply chain is IT. IT has not only harmonized the internal corporate systems but also has extended the full collaboration capabilities to suppliers, customers and other stake holders within the bounds of supply chain. The coordination and operational flows within supply chain are possible only due to IT. IT has strategically enabled / addressed all the key business processes (e.g customer service, order processing, logistics, sales ....) of SC. All the new initiatives of SC (RFID, Global Planning, Global Supply, Shipment Tracking ...) are enabled with the help of IT. That's why SC and IT work hand in glove.
  • Prem Nath Panday · Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology
    Over the past three decades, customer expectations have risen by leaps and bounds . Customers continue to become more sophisticated and interested in innovative products and customized services. They are becoming more unpredictable in their wants and needs. At the same time, they continue to expect and demand more ‘value’ from brands. In their bid to satisfy the customer’s need, Information Technology serves a tool to serve the customers with their product and service offerings.Thus, to achieve sustainable advantage in this competitive scenario, it is imperative for businesses to service the needs of their customers with the help of Information Technology.
  • Mohsen Mazaheri Asad · Mehralborz University
    IT improves the supply chain’s ability to sense market changes by improving theadequacy, accuracy, accessibility, and timeliness of the information flows among members of the supplychain. IT also increases the supply chain’s ability to respond to market changes by reducing the cost,and improving the quality and timeliness of developing and executing coordinated plans to respond tomarket changes throughout the supply chain.

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